Mission/Vision

The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region (The Community Foundation) works to ensure equity, access, and opportunity for all residents in the Washington metropolitan area. Our mission is to strengthen the Washington metropolitan region by encouraging and supporting effective giving and by providing leadership on critical issues in our community. We are a community of givers dedicated to inspiring and creating change across the Washington region and beyond.

The Community Foundation, which includes local offices in the District of Columbia, Montgomery County, Northern Virginia, and Prince George’s County – is part of a network of some 700 community foundations nationwide, each a tax-exempt, public charity made up of charitable giving funds established by individuals, families, corporations, and other organizations. We currently manage more than 700 donor funds with assets totaling more than $326 million. We are the largest funder of nonprofit organizations in the metropolitan Washington region, with annual grants of more than $90 million.

History

In 1973, a group of now-legendary Washington-area leaders – Katharine Graham, Robert Linowes, and Hank Strong among them – came together to form The Community Foundation. Their goal? To make community change through charitable giving easy, flexible, tax-smart, efficient and, above all, personal.

Since that time, The Community Foundation – part of a network of more than 700 community foundations nationwide – has grown into one of the largest foundations of any kind in the United States. Today, we manage charitable giving funds of all sizes. We include in our family two affiliate foundations, one in Montgomery County and one in Prince George’s County. We may have expanded over the years, but our commitment has never wavered. We are here to help people who want to make an impact in their community and on the issues that matter most to them.